Can God’s promise fail?
Have you ever trusted God for something and stepped out in faith only to have it blow up on your face? (seemingly)
I have. I have trusted and stepped out, only to feel like I made the biggest mistake of my life.
This past Sunday, my pastor shared from 1 Kings 17. It’s the story of Elijah and the widow from Zarephath.
There was famine on the land, and the Lord told Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” 1 Kings 17:8-9 NLT
I was rereading the verses today, and a few things stood out.
God specifically says “I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
So here I would expect the widow would have the same message from God “hey my servant is swinging by, and you’ll feed him for a season of time.”
At best you would expect the person to have the resources, at present, to do what God told you they are supposed to do.
But when Elijah finds this lady, she had more trouble than he did. And he wasn’t expected.
“I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” 1 Kings 17:12
But even so, she goes on to do what Elijah asks her, and the word of God to the prophet and her family is fulfilled. They have full provision for the season of famine.
And this is what I took away from my quiet time this morning;
God will send you to places to do things, and it will look like you are the only one who got the memo.
The mountain before you didn’t. Your circumstance didn’t. Your situation at work didn’t. Your marriage issue didn’t. Even your husband didn’t.
And it’s easy to become dejected at that point because what God said and what stands before you does not add up.
You thought you’d have the job by now. That your husband would be changed by now. But nuh. Everything stayed put.
I love how Elijah “tested” the situation. He didn’t turn back because there was no red carpet welcome. He pressed a little further.
“Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” Oh the holy nerve.
Elijah stood on what He knew about God; He wasn’t upset or turned off because what He said and what stood before him didn’t quite line up.
Likewise, we have to learn to stand on the promise God gave us.
Believe that the word of God always produces fruit. That it accomplishes all He wants and it prospers everywhere He sends it. Isaiah 55:11
So what’s standing in your way today?
Upset because God’s promise “failed?” His Word is bouncing back and not yielding fruit?
We misread and misjudge God’s workings all the time. Personally, I tend to expect a royal welcome. I want easy and fun.
Personally, I think God’s will is always easy and fun. I want to feel excited, energized and raring to go! After all, it’s God’s Word! Whooho!
But as Elijah’s story illustrates, the opposite happens too. And when it does, we can’t give up.
We have to knock on doors and keep on knocking. Make requests, test to prove God’s will, pick ourselves up and keep moving when we’ve been rejected and pushed back.
When we feel like God’s Word isn’t true for our life or marriage, we need to simply go get what the Lord said is ours.
If God has given you specifics about your marriage but things aren’t changing, the unmoving pieces are NOT your cue to give up.
Instead, they are motivation to dig deep into the Word that God gave you. God doesn’t always show up the way we expect Him to, but He always shows up.
What one thing can you do today to create momentum on His promise to you? Go ahead and write it down. Schedule it. And then do it. You don’t have to attempt five things; just start with one thing.
You might be discouraged about marriage counseling because someone gave you bad advice; your next step might be to dust yourself up and find another counselor/mentor to help process the concerns of your marriage.
This whole blog post is not about changing your husband or staying in a dangerous relationship or playing doormat “because God said…” God works in many ways and paths, but His ways never include manipulation, hiding from sin or enduring abuse.
Here are some articles with ideas on how to work on specific issues;
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